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buenrostrox 11-05-2008 02:03 AM

~ My first home, my first project (not 56k friendly)
Hello all,

I'm a noobie to the forum just looking for a place to log my progress and get some feedback along the way.

I'm a 21 year old from Omaha, NE. I closed on my home in mid October, so I haven't had it for more than a month. The house I bought is actually the house I grew up in, parents sold it off about 3 years ago to move out where were are now (nicer neighborhood / nicer houses). Well, just like the current trend, the people who bought it didn't pay and faced foreclosure. I got it for less than half of what we sold it for and paid cash FTW.

The deadbeats (or victims depending on your views) trashed it, but it's mostly cosmetic and on the inside, so I'll be gutting it and fixing it up with the intention of eventually flipping it. Will probably end up moving into it for a while with some roommates.

It's a cute little thing :) , about 1100 sqft:

Yard will clean up pretty well, and I'm going to be tearing down some walls on the inside to re-organize the living space to make it roomie friendly.

buenrostrox 11-05-2008 02:08 AM

My first weekend with this house I took as a four day weekend to do some work (fri-mon), here are some pics showing how rough it is and some of the things we did.

To sum it up (that I can remember)

- I have a new roof
- we (my father and I) built a concrete canal type thing on the side of the house to prevent water from coming into the basement (had slight leakage issues)
- New front door
- scraped the **** out of some walls, did spackling, prepped for paint etc
- fixed some of the ghetto patches in the textured ceiling
- tore down some things that needed to be taken down


Piles of shingles and the best pos car I've ever owned:

Roofers roofin:

Dad making door holes:

New door (put the same storm door back on and needs cleaned up yet):

Tearing down some paneling to find out what was behind it:

These people liked nailing things everywhere:

Upstairs bedroom has potential:

I have a LOT of work to look forward to,

and the Home Depots in my hood will be seeing a lot of me.

specialguest 11-05-2008 07:28 AM

sweet man congrats. welcome to the single most expensive and time consuming hobby there is

Mrnagrom 11-06-2008 09:59 AM


Originally Posted by specialguest (Post 180887)
sweet man congrats. welcome to the single most expensive and time consuming hobby there is

no kidding. i'll second that congrats and welcome.

buenrostrox 11-06-2008 10:28 PM

Installed new backdoor and storm door:

Inside of the front door seen in the first batch of pics:

Upstairs didn't have a vent, so we fixed that!

Mess on the main floor:

Upstairs bedroom in progress (and my dad napping)

buenrostrox 11-06-2008 10:28 PM

Walls? Lol, not for long:

The longest wall was paneling that was painted over, and had about 4 different layers of wall. But no insulation. We'll be insulation and putting up drywall.
The wall the leads into the blue room is just getting moved and turned into a bigger bedroom.

buenrostrox 11-07-2008 10:13 PM

Framing of the bedroom extension begins:

The wall was load bearing, so we built this giant brace:
That's about it, we'll finish building that room this weekend, do some wiring, and hopefully hang some drywall.

gotboost 11-08-2008 10:49 AM

Way to go nothing like jumpimg in with both feet,best of luck..

mercurycnz 11-08-2008 10:30 PM

Cheer Up!

buenrostrox 11-09-2008 09:52 AM


Originally Posted by mercurycnz (Post 182161)
Cheer Up!

Lol, what's that supposed to mean?

Anyways, We finished framing last night, did some electrical, and insulated the whole was that was naked, as usual here are the progress pics:

buenrostrox 11-26-2008 01:04 AM

Been a while since I updated, I forgot the camera last weekend, so I didn't have much to post.

At this point, all the drywall on the main floor has been hung, it's all been taped, sanded, and the ceilings re-textured. There are just some details to double check under good lighitng before we slap the primer on the walls.

Extended bedroom:

Inside the bedroom looking out:

From the other end of the living room:

buenrostrox 11-26-2008 01:05 AM

Sample of the texture in the bathroom (best lighing I could find to show the work)

Inside the doorway where we added the air supply to the upstairs:

Looking upstairs:

I REALLY need to get a fisheye lens for my camera to better capture the work.

Mrnagrom 11-26-2008 01:59 AM

Just download a photostitching app an make panoramas if you want to show everything

tigerbalm2424 11-26-2008 06:15 AM

:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I wish I had a project such as this!:thumbup:

Holt 12-06-2008 03:13 PM

Did the house you by is it in Omaha Ne, if so hi neighbor I'm from Bellevue. Judging by the dish on the house i say you live in south east omaha around 20 and a-z streets.

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